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PSY-VR System: How to install and use

The PSY-VR suite is a Virtual Reality system that allows formal psychological testing (computer-based testing) in VR environment. One fo teh advantages is that the user (psychologist) does not need to have special VR s/w skills to set up the system. The PSY-VR is also very flexible and allows manipulations of the environment in terms of office size, colors etc. PSY-VR records responses and reaction times, as in traditional experimental testing. For a description see here

Finally, PSY-VR is open source and thus, if you have the skills, you can improve it. If you do so, please let us know and we will be happy to include your version here. In the spirit of open science and open software, we except PSY-VR to organically grow by the community. We make this free for eevryone and we hope better versions will be free for the academic community.

The PSY-VR prescribes two roles: the role of a USER(S) (i.e. the researcher / psychologist) who sets up the experiment; and the role of a PARTICIPANT(S) (i.e. people that do the experiment). The instructions are for the USER to set up the experiment

If you want  to use PSY-VR in a commercial setting please contact us at

Instructions: PSY-VR Instructions

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Attitudes towards Underground Spaces

In this paper (soon to appear in Building and Environment – a major journal of Urban Sciences) we examine the structure of attitudes towards the possibility of having an underground working space. The paper suggests that there is a positive dimension and two negative dimensions across which the average person will evaluate the possibility of an underground office. In short, an underground office will be acceptable provided some key criteria are satisfied – and our questionnaire offers a standardized way to “measure” these attitudes. Interestingly, the negative dimensions are correlated but independent constructs of claustrophobia – this means that attitudes towards UG workspaces could be positive independently of the claustrophobia that a sub-population has.

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Over half of the global population lives in urban areas, making the issue of space a pressing environmental factor. The development of large-scale underground complexes in (mega-)cities is a solution to healthy urban growth and many governments have already adopted the development of underground (office) workspaces (UWS). Engineering can develop such high quality spaces; yet, there is limited understanding of how the public perceives UWS. UWS are not the same as other workspaces, and thus special assessment tools are needed. Here, we present the Underground Workspaces Questionnaire (UWSQ), which measures pre-occupant attitudes towards UWS. Analysis (N = 1080) identified three factors with positive aspects associated with feeling protected, whereas confinement was independent of affective responses. Predictably, responses to the three factors correlated with claustrophobia but were independent constructs. UWSQ can help policymakers and architects understand how populations holistically respond to the idea of working in an underground office.